This blog post was originally posted on December 16, 2015 and was updated on October 31, 2017
Wherever you look in Malaga during the festive season, it seems there is a new sweet treat to tempt you. One local favorite is the chocolate coconut balls (bolitas de coco). Of course, you can buy them at the store, wrapped in brightly colored tin foil, but it’s just as easy to make them at home!
Chocolate Coconut Balls Recipe
Many of us remember the favorite holiday tradition of making Christmas cookies with our families. It’s a simple affair: roll out the dough, cut the sugar cookies into the shapes of reindeer and angels, and then bake them until they came out golden brown.
The best part was always putting colored icing on the cookies and decorating them with sprinkles. Of course, as you get older, things don’t change much. Holiday sweets and baking will always be synonymous with this time of year.
Making chocolate coconut balls is one of the easiest holiday recipes you’ll find, and this particular sweet is very popular in Malaga. If you like coconut, it’s a treat that’s sure to please. The best part? Few ingredients, no oven required and you can have fun rolling the coconut into what look like little miniature snowballs!
Love chocolate? See the chocolate lover’s guide to Spain!
Chocolate Coconut Balls (Bolitas de Coco)
- 150 grams shredded coconut
- 1 can 170g condensed milk
- 250 grams white or milk chocolate chips
- small cupcake wrappers for the coconut balls
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler
- Add in the condensed milk
- Stir in 100 grams of the shredded coconut, set the rest aside for later.
- Leave the mixture in the refrigerator until the paste thickens (approx. 30 minutes)
- Roll the coconut and chocolate mixture into little balls.
- Cover the balls with the left over shredded coconut.
- Place in cupcake wrappers for storage.